Windsor manager presents 9-month budget to selectmen

by The Town Line staff

At their May 11 meeting, Windsor Town Manager Theresa Haskell presented the board of selectmen with her nine-month budget. Currently, 73.3 percent of the budget has been spent. The two areas of concern are elections and town meetings, which are overspent due to the extra election in July and extra hours for the presidential primary and COVID expenses. The town did receive a $5,000 COVID grant to help with extra expenses. Other areas that are overspent will even out as most are already paid through the year due to existing contracts. Revenues are up 15.94 percent over last year at this time.

Haskell also presented the board with the warrant and notice of elections calling RSU #12 budget referendum, for their signatures.

In other business, Bill and Robbi Portela were present to discuss the CMP pole permit for the Ridgeway 1 subdivision on the Greeley Road, and was approved in a prior board of selectmen meeting. The board voted 4-0, with Selectman Ronald Brann not present, to approve the CMP pole permit that was approved on April 27.

The town manager reported that she had received a report from the Maine DOT on the inspection of bridges in Windsor. The Sampson Road over Choate Brook, Weeks Mills Road over Barton Stream, Weeks Mills Road over Barton Brook and Shuman Road over Hewitt Brook all received ratings of 7 (good) and 8 (very good). All structures require routine maintenance to minimize deterioration.

Brush cutting on Shuman and Choate roads is being completed. There is still gravel work on the Reed Road that needs to be done, however, the road maintenance line in the budget is over spent by $2,800. Despite that, the bottom line of public works will not change as there is still money in other lines that can be moved to cover road maintenance/construction expenses.

Paving bid packages have been sent out and were due back by May 25. Work still needs to be done on the town garage and food bank area. Road Supervisor Keith Hall will contact Avery Glidden to get a time frame for completion on the cement work for the town garage next to the next office.

Interim transfer station supervisor Sean Tekeema reported they had a $1,200 on one Saturday. The monthly report shows the station is up $2,743.45 from this time in April of last year and is up $13,010.45 for the year.

There are still issues with the right of way between the cemetery and The Fusion, with ruts remaining from last winter’s plowing. Haskell noted she will contact The Fusion again to find out when they plan on fixing the issue.

All selectmen were present for the meeting with Selectman Ronald Brann arriving at 6:56 p.m.


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